June 30, 2017
Hubbardton Battlefield will come alive with the sights and sounds of the American Revolution on July 8 and 9, 2017. This celebration marks the 240th anniversary of the July 7 battle, the most significant Revolutionary War battle fought on what would become Vermont soil.
With nearly 400 reenactors from all over the Northeast, this is the largest Revolutionary War living history weekend in northern New England. Reenactors portray the American, British, and German forces who fought here and participated in the American Revolution's important Northern Campaign. Narrated military tactics on the slope of Monument Hill will be held weather-permitting on Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday morning at 8 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. The weekend's highlight is the Sunday morning battle formation starting at 7:30 a.m. Muskets will sound in the distance, just before the soldiers emerge over Monument Hill. Bruce Venter, author of Battle of Hubbardton, will give a lecture on the battle and sign copies of his book.
The weekend offers activities for all ages and interests. New this year is the last man standing reenactor firing competition at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. Visitors can explore camp life, interact with reenactors, observe tactical and artillery demonstrations, learn how to drill, and participate in guided battlefield tours. Sutlers Row provides a colonial shopping experience. The museum is open both days, with a shop that has an excellent selection of books and historic items related to the American Revolution. Food is provided by local groups.
Admission daily is $6.00 for adults and free for children under 15. There are nearby parking and a "people mover" from the parking area to the visitor center. The event is offered by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Living History Association, and the Hubbardton Historical Society, with support from other local organizations and businesses.
The Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site is located on Monument Hill Road, 6 miles off VT Route 30 in Hubbardton, or 7 miles off exit 5 on US Route 4 in Castleton. The site is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays and Monday holidays through October 15. For more information, call (802) 273-2282 or visit www.historicsites.vermont.gov.
Media Contact: Elsa Gilbertson, Regional Historic Site Administrator, Vermont Historic Sites, 802-759-2412, Elsa.Gilbertson@vermont.gov
Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: June 30, 2017 15:10:04